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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Thursday

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Transat school trip is plain sailing

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

Pupils from Cornwall have enjoyed a tour around some of the yachts taking part in this year's Transat race, which is setting off from Plymouth.

Children visit Transat yacht

The Year 3 pupils from Fourlanesend Primary School were invited to Plymouth after their teacher wrote to the race organisers.

Children visit Transat yacht

They are the only primary school children to be given such a tour of this year's event.

Latest weather: Occasional showers overnight, then a dry day

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Occasional showers will continue overnight, becoming more isolated through the early hours. It will be a chilly night for most, with some clearer spells, leading to a widespread frost forming by dawn. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).


Thursday will be a dry day for most, with sunny spells, especially during the morning. Cloud will tend to increase through the afternoon, with the odd shower possible later. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- A 50-year-old man dies after his car comes off the road and overturns near Honiton.

- A lorry driver is arrested after a fatal collision with a moped on the A30 in Cornwall

- St Austell footballer Marcus Martin is been charged with improper conduct after allegedly attacking a referee during a game

- Cornwall Council defends itself after admitting it is pulling out of a commitment to honour the living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation

Tom Daley reveals (nearly) all in Rio trunks

"My trunks are quite small, it's kind of how it is," said Tom Daley while displaying the latest Olympic attire for the British team.

Olympic team

The diver from Plymouth will be representing his country at the Rio Olympics, and was also chosen to model the team's swimwear (pictured second right).

Coldplay's Chris Martin linked with actress Heather Graham

Torquay Herald Express

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who is returning to his "motherland" next month for a performance at Radio One's Big Weekend at Powderham Castle, has sparked rumours that he may be dating American actress Heather Graham.

Officially Yours: Singer Craig David wows Devon school

BBC School Report

Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot was lucky enough to have a surprise visit from chart-topping artist Craig David and his manager, Colin Lester.

Craig David
BBC School Report

It was all part of the BBC Radio 1 Academy event hosted by Radio 1 DJ Dev. A lucky group of students and staff were able to watch the private gig and interview and had the chance to ask Craig and Colin questions about their long careers.

Craig was very open and honest in the interview and talked about the rollercoaster ride to the top and even some of the more difficult times he's faced in the public eye.

Analysis: Proposed changes to North Devon District Hospital

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

North Devon District Hospital could lose some key services with people having to travel to hospitals in Exeter or Taunton in Somerset. The health service in North, East and West Devon needs to cut costs to avoid a combined overspend of £442m by 2020/21. 

Commissioners say it's too early to discuss specific options but I've been frequently told that nothing is being ruled out. 

North Devon District Hospital

North Devon District Hospital is one of the smallest and most remote acute hospitals in England. Smaller departments mean there isn't always access to specialist equipment and senior staff. Could people get better treatment at a lower cost if they have to travel further, and which services need to stay? Some tough questions for NHS bosses seeking to reorganise care.  

Convicted paedophile hid past to abuse boy

A convicted paedophile took a job at a caravan park and befriended a woman before sexually assaulting her eight-year-old son.

Michael Blyth
Devon and Cornwall Police

Michael Blyth, of Paignton, Devon, hid his past from the woman and abused her son in 2013, Exeter Crown Court heard. He was jailed for seven-and-a-half-years for the assault and making indecent photos of children.  

Police raid unit full of cannabis near Pendeen

The Cornishman

Six kilos of cannabis was seized from a workshop unit near Pendeen by Penzance police during a drugs raid this morning.

Snow and steam as cold weather continues

The unseasonal cold weather is continuing in the South West, with reports of snow around Okehampton ...and steam coming out of the Eden biomes.

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Concerns over north Devon hospital services review

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Health campaigners in north Devon say they're extremely concerned by the prospect of losing key local hospital services.

The future of A&E, maternity, children's and stroke services at North Devon District Hospital are being reviewed as part of plans to try to prevent a multi-million pound budget deficit. Health commissioners said it was too early to discuss specific options but the NHS was living beyond its means in parts of the county.

Marilyn Jobson-Scott, had a stroke three years ago, said: "I think it's abominable. One of the things they tell you if you have a stroke is it's fast, and you have to get to hospital as quickly as possible. If you've got go a long, long way, that's obviously going to delay things."

Moped rider dies after A30 lorry collision

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A moped rider has died after a collision with a lorry on the A30 in Cornwall, police say.

A30 collision

Police and ambulances were called to the scene at 06:30 to the eastbound carriageway at Fraddon. The male rider was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene.

The 58-year-old lorry driver, who was uninjured, has been arrested in connection with the collision, officers said. The carriageway was closed at Summercourt, causing substantial traffic tailbacks for several hours.

M5 death crash trial confirmed

Exeter Express & Echo

The trial of a trucker accused of causing a fatal accident on the M5 is to go ahead as scheduled next month despite the defendant suffering from a serious illness.

Truro City secure play-off place

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Truro City secured a place in the National League South play-offs with a 1-1 draw at home to Whitehawk.

Matt Jay
Truro City FC

Matt Jay put the White Tigers ahead after 57 minutes, and it looked as though Truro would guarantee finishing fourth by taking all three points.

However, Danny Mills equalised in the final minute, so the Cornish side need one more point from their remaining two games to seal the spot.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

- In Devon, traffic is queuing at Plymbridge Road in Estover, Plymouth, due to temporary lights for telecoms work, near The George junction

- In Totnes, there's queuing traffic on the A385 Bridgeton Hill due to roadworks and temporary traffic lights

- In West Hill, Bendarroch Road is closed in both directions due to a broken-down recovery truck between School Lane and West Hill Road

- In Newton Abbot, the B3195 - the Avenue - is blocked due to an accident near St Johns Street. Traffic is busy but moving

'Some time' before revenge porn laws effective

BBC Radio Devon

People who post revenge porn online need to be given longer prison sentences to ensure new laws are effective, a helpline says.

Girl at computer

At least 40 victims of revenge porn in Devon and Cornwall have reported incidents to local police since the law came into effect last April, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC revealed. The youngest victim was 14.

Laura Higgins, from the Exeter-based Revenge Porn Helpline, said: "Whilst many more people have started reporting it, we're not seeing many going as far as court, or still having quite lenient sentences. I think it's going to be some time really before we start seeing any really hard-hitting couple-of-year custodial sentences which will be a deterrent."

Man died after car overturns in field

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has died after his car came off the road and overturned in a field in east Devon, police say.

Emergency crews were called to the single-vehicle incident collision on the old A30 at Honiton - the B3177 - at about 08:00, close to the showground at Fenny Bridges.

Officers said the driver, thought to be from Torquay, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

Exhibition remembers the Darlwynne

Police cars' tyres slashed 'by burglars'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have condemned burglars who targeted a shop in Helston and were also believed to have slashed tyres on three patrol cars, saying the offenders showed a "total disregard for the safety of others".

Officers said two men burgled the Co-op on Trengrouse Way at about 23:20 on Sunday, stealing some from the tobacco kiosk.

Sgt Mark Cooper said officers were placed "at direct risk" by the tyre slashing. He said it was an "act of sabotage that could not only have resulted in a tragedy for the officers involved and their families, but could also could of resulted in the death of other innocent road users".

Motorist flees scene after crashing through railings

The Cornishman

Penzance police are searching for a motorist who crashed his vehicle near the harbour and left it hanging in a precarious position.

Junior doctors' discrimination concerns

Hillsborough inquests: What next after the verdicts?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

I'm here with Devon Debates today, and up for discussion: Your thoughts on Hillsborough.

And what you think of the Sun and Times not running the inquest as front page news?

Have your say on 0845 3011034.

Latest weather: Showers continuing through the day and overnight

BBC Weather

We will see a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers this afternoon, these turning heavy and wintry in places, with the risk of hail and thunder too. Feeling cold once again, but generally less windy than yesterday. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).


Occasional showers will continue overnight, becoming more isolated through the early hours. It will be a chilly night for most, with some clearer spells, leading to a widespread frost forming by dawn. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Job losses at papers: Decison 'not taken lightly'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The owner of two Devon newspapers which is cutting up to a third of journalists at two Devon publications says the "decision has not been taken lightly".

Eight out of 24 jobs are going at the Exeter Express & Echo and the Mid Devon Gazette, Trinity Mirror confirmed. It said the decision was "based on a need to adapt to the changing commercial and editorial market conditions, and provide a structure that gives longer term sustainability."

The Express & Echo’s bi-weekly print edition and the Gazette’s weekly publication would remain, it added.

Living wage rise 'way above what council agreed to'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it is pulling out of a commitment to honour the living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation because a recent change was "way above" what councillors voted to support.

Cornwall Council

The council became one of the first rural authorities in the country to sign up to the local collective agreement. But it also agreed, because of budgetary constraints, there'd be a 3% cap on any annual increase. Now the foundation has increased rises to 5.1%. 

Unions have criticised the council's withdrawal. But Adam Paynter, the councillor in charge of resources, said: "We can't implement what they want. A 5.1% is way above any other pay increase, and it's certainly above what councillors voted on."

Tickets for Jess Glynne reselling for up to £1,000

Plymouth Herald

Tickets to see MTV Crashes Plymouth 2016 headliner and Radio1 Big Weekend star Jess Glynne are being resold for up to £1,000.

Key services could move from North Devon District Hospital

BBC Radio Devon

North Devon District Hospital could lose some key services with people having to travel to hospitals in Exeter or Taunton in Somerset, the BBC has learnt. 

North Devon District Hospital

Moving accident & emergency, maternity, stroke and children's services from the hospital in Barnstaple are all being considered as part of a review by the NHS in Northern, Eastern and Western Devon, the BBC understands.

Health commissioners said the NHS in Devon was living beyond its means and it was developing a programme to ensure it could deliver sustainable care. However, the clinical commissioning group said it was "too early to talk about the specific options" being considered.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall, the A30 eastbound at Summercourt reports road has reopened after an earlier road collison 

- There are reports of an incident on the B3277 in St Agnes, near the turn for Goonbell 

- On the A39 in Cornwall near Devoran Lane, there are reports of an incident 

- On the A391 in Bodmin, on Westheath Avenue, near Westheath Road, there are reports of an incident 

- In Devon, there are reports of delays on the A377 between Newton St Cyres and Half Moon due to resurfacing work 

- In Torquay, Nicholson Road is partially blocked near Browns Bridge Road due to an incident

- Lea Road in Tiverton is partially blocked due to an incident near Taylors Court

Player charged by FA over referee 'attack'

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

A footballer has been charged with improper conduct against a match official after allegedly attacking a referee during a game in Cornwall. 

Marcus Martin
Getty Images

The Cornish FA has given AFC St Austell midfielder Marcus Martin and his club two weeks to respond to the charge. 

Martin was sent off after reacting angrily to a late penalty being awarded against his side in a game against Tavistock on Tuesday night. After the red card he allegedly assaulted referee Stuart Hane.

Child refugees: Why vote against taking them in?

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

After MPs rejected proposals earlier this week to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria into the UK, there has been an angry reaction from some quarters. 

All six of Cornwall's MPs voted against the proposal despite warnings the children were vulnerable to exploitation.

Newquay and St Austell Conservative Steve Double explains why he voted that way. You can join the debate on 01872 222222.

Driver injured after car left on roof in field

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been seriously injured after his car came off the road and was left upside down in a field in east Devon, police say.

Emergency crews were called to the single-vehicle incident collision on the old A30 at Honiton at about 08:00, close to the showground. 

One lane of the road has been closed, officers said.

Police deal with more than 40 revenge porn incidents

BBC Radio Devon

 A 14-year-old girl is among at least 41 victims of revenge porn in Devon and Cornwall who reported offences in the year since a new law classed it as a specific crime.

Girl at computer. Pic: Thinkstock

It became illegal to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent in April 2015.

Figures obtained using a Freedom of Information request show charges have only been brought in four cases so far.

Wrong tissue sample taken in hospital 'never event'

Cornish Guardian

A so-called "Never Event" has happened at Truro's Royal Cornwall hospital, resulting in a tissue sample taken from the wrong part of a patient.

Sepsis death mother to meet health minister

BBC Spotlight

A bereaved mother from the South West is due to meet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt later to improve the nation's awareness of a deadly condition to prevent more deaths like that of her baby.

Melissa Mead, whose son, William, died after medics failed to spot he had sepsis - blood poisoning - wrote a heartfelt letter to Mr Hunt asking him to "do the right thing".

Melissa and William Mead.
Mead Family

In January, a report into the death of 12-month-old William criticised GPs, out-of-hours services and a 111 call handler who failed to spot he had sepsis caused by an underlying chest infection and pneumonia.

High tide times for the region

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.


We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall, diversions are in place on the A30 at Summercourt after a road collision. Traffic is queueing to Mitchell. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area 

- In Devon, Dover Road in Plymouth is blocked in both directions due to an incident near Leypark Walk

- The old A30 is closed between Fenny Bridges and Honiton due to a road incident 

- One lane is closed eastbound on the A30 between Stowford Cross and Sourton Cross due to an incident

- The Tamar Bridge has one eastbound lane closed because of of a vehicle awaiting recovery. Traffic is slow-moving in both directions

Council pulling out of living wage commitment

Cornwall Council is to pull out of its commitment to honour the living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation, a letter leaked to unions and shown to the BBC has revealed.

Cornwall Council

The council became one of the first rural authorities in the country to sign up to the local collective agreement a year ago. But it was also agreed, because of budgetary constraints, there'd be a 3% cap on any annual increase. Now the foundation has increased the wage by 5.1%. 

Labour and the union Unison said severing the link with the foundation shamed the council and would impact on staff incomes.